Saturday, June 28, 2014

1990 Shinjuku, Ginza, Cruise Ship, Etc.; 2014 Rainy Oji, Senzokuike, Tokyu Lines, Shibuya, Etc.

In this batch of videos from 1990 and 2014, what stands out for me are the 1990 visit to a big cruise ship at Harumi (that had just been built), a rainy evening in Oji, and views of three different Tokyu Railway lines.
1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新橋駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinbashi 900626

1990 新橋銀座などの散歩 Shinbashi and Ginza Walkabout 900626

1990年の都営三田線 御成門駅-神保町駅-新宿駅 900626

This one is important as I didn't use the Toei Subway system very often, so these views of Toei trains are fairly rare in my material from that time.

1990 Walk into Nishi-Shinjuku 西新宿に入る 900626

1990 新宿夜散策散歩 Shinjuku Night Walkabout 900626
1990年 - 新宿夜散策散歩
1990年 - 新宿夜散策散歩
1990年の夜新宿駅 Nighttime Shinjuku Station 900626

1990 池袋駅-武蔵浦和 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Musashi-Urawa 900627

1990 武蔵浦和駅 池袋駅など Musashi-Urawa to Ikebukuro Etc 900627
1990年の朝通勤 池袋駅-田町駅など Ikebukuro to Tamachi Etc 900628

1990 田町お昼窓ビュー Lunchtime in Tamachi - Window View 900628

1990 On the Other Hand - Shinjuku カメラを止められなかった 900628

Taking pictures is one of those those things.  If you don't take any, it's easy to just keep going without taking pictures, but once you start taking pictures, oftentimes the mood will strike and you end up wanting to take more and more.  In this video, I'm on camera (in Shinjuku) saying I'm going to put the camera away for the day, and then suddenly I'm taking pictures a little further down the street - saying "On the other hand..."

1990 新宿夜とビヤガーデン Shinjuku Night - Beer Garden Etc 900628n

Izakaya places seem to be as popular as ever, but there seem to be fewer rooftop beer gardens now compared to 1990....

1990 夜の新宿駅 西口と埼京線 Nighttime Shinjuku Station 900628

1990 東京ドーム辺りの散策散歩 Tokyo Dome Area Walkabout 900629

1990 水道橋駅-桜田門駅散策散歩 Central Tokyo Walkabout, 900629

1990 Game Center Walkabout 水道橋辺りのゲームセンター 900629

1990 桜田門駅-銀座一丁目駅 有楽町線 Sakuradamon to Ginza One-Chome 900629

1990 銀座夕方散歩 Ginza Chuo-Dori Walkabout 900629

1990 銀座駅-銀座線を乗る Boarding Ginza Line at Ginza 900629

1990 銀座駅-雪谷大塚駅 迷子になった Ginza to Yukigaya-Otsuka 900629

1990 夜中 雪谷大塚駅-保谷駅 Midnight Trains - Yukigaya-Otsuka to Hoya 900629

1990 大手町散策散歩 Otemachi Walkabout 900630

1990 東京国際郵便局の一見 Tokyo International Post Office Glimpse 900630

I say "glimpse" here for a reason - I didn't record more than a few seconds inside the building, and not much longer outside.  This building is currently sitting empty, looking forlorn.  I don't know what the plans are for it.  I think I only went here this one time.

What happened, is that I needed to send something overseas, and so I went to the "International Post Office", but the clerk was rude to me, the location wasn't very convenient, and it seemed that everything I could do at the "International Post Office", I could also do at the "Central Post Office", which was much more conveniently located (right next to Tokyo Station), so this was (I think) the first and last time I set foot inside the building.

1990 晴海までの特別バス Event Bus Ride to Harumi 900630

I just stumbled upon this free bus service to an event at Harumi, but in waiting for the next bus as I watched one fill up, I was able to sit down in the front seat just behind the driver, and there are some good (if not overly long) views of the original Marunouchi Building (as the bus drove by) and the route to Harumi in 1990.  There have many changes since then!

1990 Harumi Shopping Event 晴海の買い物イベント 900630

This appeared to be an event put on by a collection of high-end department stores, where they got together, rented space at the Harumi convention center, and had a big weekend sale.  1990 was the end of the peak of the bubble years, and deflation hadn't set in, so a sale like this drew out a lot of people.  Coming out of the shopping event, I was wandering around when I saw a huge cruise ship (see next video)....

クリスタルハーモニー 新品 1990年6月30日の内部 Crystal Harmony Cruise Ship Walkabout 900630

It was fascinating to be just wandering around and to look up and see this huge ship!  As I comment on camera, it was amazing to me that such a huge thing floated!  Looking it up after posting this, I see that the length of Crystal Harmony (241m) is fairly close to the length of (former) Titanic (269m).  Some other ship sizes are listed below - the largest being the monster RMS Queen Mary-2 at 345m.

Crystal Harmony (1990–2006)
Asuka II (2006 onwards) - 790 ft (241 m)

Titanic - 882 ft 6 in (269 m)
Queen Mary - Length: 1,019.5 feet (311 m)
RMS Queen Elizabeth - 1,031 ft (314.2 m)
Queen Elizabeth 2 - 963 ft (293.5 m)
MS Queen Elizabeth - 965 ft (294 m)
RMS Queen Mary 2 - 1,132 ft (345 m)

1990 バス - 晴海から豊洲駅まで Bus - Harumi to Toyosu Station 900630

1990 豊洲駅から有楽町線を乗る Toyosu Station - Boarding Yurakucho Line 900630

1990 ひばりが丘横道とか Hibarigaoka Side Street Glimpses 900630

1990 田町昼散策散歩 Tamachi Lunchtime Walkabout 900702

1990 日本橋の夜横道 Nihonbashi Side Streets - Night View 900702
新しい電車 高尾駅-高尾山口駅 京王線 New Keio Line Train 140602

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao Keio Line 140602

王子夕暮れ雨 川辺り Oji Twilight Rain Near River Area 140606

湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 新宿駅から大崎駅まで SSLTCTK 140615

元東急渋谷駅残りは少ない (Twilight) Vanishing Tokyu Shibuya Station 140615

Midnight Frogs and Waterfall 夜中の蛙と滝 140602

神田駅ホームの様子 Kanda Station Platform Wait 140605

Yamanote Line Train Entering Run from Train Yard by Osaki Station 140605

Purple and Green - Flowering Plant 紫と緑 花 140605

Stairs to Yamanote Platform 山手線まで 大崎駅の階段 140606

大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140606

京浜東北線の到着 Arriving Keihin-Tohoku Line Train 140606

王子駅 夕方の雨 Rainy Afternoon at Oji Station 140606

Walking Towards Oji Station in the Rain 雨の王子駅 140606

王子緑 六月の夕方雨 Rainy June Evening in Oji 140606

Buses at Oji Station - Mysterious New Noise - Compressor Maybe 140606

Rainy Side Street Near Oji Station 王子駅辺りの雨道 140606

池袋駅東口 雨の夜 Ikebukuro East Side - Rainy Night 140606

所沢駅ホームの様子 Tokorozawa Station Platform - Rainy Night 140606

Boarding Seibu-Shinjuku Train at Tokorozawa 所沢駅の西武新宿線 140606

Train Going by Park 140609

Chuo Line Arriving at Shinjuku 中央線が新宿駅に到着 140610

Taxi Area by Kokubunji Station 国分寺駅隣のタクシー乗り場 140611

Construction Area and Noisy Students by Kokubunji Station 140611

新宿駅隣の工事現場 Construction Area Next to Shinjuku Station 140615

旗の台駅の木造ベンチ Hatanodai Wooden Benches 140615

洗足池の一見 Evening Senzokuike Lake - Short Look 140615

Mass of Carp in Stream by Senzokuike Lake 140615

洗足池の島の見回り 360 on Senzokuike Island 140615

Pedestrian Rail Underpass and Old Houses 140615

井の頭線渋谷駅ホームの様子 Inokashira Line Shibuya Station Platform Walk 140615

吉祥寺駅で井の頭線から中央線の乗り換え Inokashira to JR Transfer at Kichijoji 140615

洗足池駅に入る 改札口-ホーム Entering Senzokuike Station 140615

洗足池駅-旗の台駅 東急池上線 Senzokuike to Hatanodai - Ikegami Line 140615g

旗の台駅南口-北千束駅 東急大井町線 Hatanodai to Kita-Senzoku - Oimachi Line 140615

緑が丘駅から出発 東急大井町駅 Departing Midorigaoka Station - Oimachi Line 140615

自由が丘駅 東横線のホームの様子 Jiyugaoka Station - Toyoko Line Platform 140615

自由が丘駅-学芸大学 東急東横線 Jiyugaoka to Gakugei-Daigaku Toyoko Line 140615g

学芸大学-中目黒駅 東急東横線 Gakugei-Daigaku to Naka-Meguro Toyoko Line 140615

渋谷東口夕暮れ散策散歩 Shibuya Twilight Walkabout on East Side 140615

Twilight View - Ruins of Former Tokyu-Shibuya Station 夕暮れの元東急渋谷駅 140615

夕暮れ元東京渋谷駅工事現場 Former Tokyu-Shibuya Station Construction Zone 140615
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Documentation Blues...

The whole story would require writing a book, but one element of it I touched on while explaining to a friend why the information is often slightly wrong (or missing) and the English is oftentimes a bit unnatural in hardware manufacturer press releases.  Following is a (slightly) modified version of what I wrote to my friend:

About that new device - I've been looking around on-line, and I've noticed a lot of Internet pages that all seem to be based on one press release from XYZ.  It's a fascinating piece of equipment and should be useful.  Regarding the fuzzy and confusing text on-line about it, I would say (based on the time I spent in the documentation department of a manufacturer), that this company has the same issues I saw at ABC.  To detail the process:

1) New product development is conducted under tight security, with little or no information shared outside of the R&D department.

2) Once each new product gets a green light to proceed, the marketing department gets some vague information regarding features, but little or no technical details.

3) At a certain point, the marketing department has to develop a marketing strategy, so they are provided with a little more information, and they begin to put together/write some presentation type material - based on very sketchy technical details.

4) Meanwhile, in another department, the operating instructions began to be written by people who have never actually touched (or even seen) the product, or sometimes based on a very early prototype model.  Since the writers can't actually use the equipment or can only (if they're lucky) briefly try out an early prototype model (which invariably is quite different from the final production model), they don't understand the machine very well, and it's nearly impossible to avoid some mistakes.

5) The service and technical manuals begin to be written based on specifications from the marketing department(!), operational information from the (error-prone) user manuals, and minimal information from the technical people (who are under strict orders to protect any sensitive technical information to prevent it from getting into the hands of competitors).  As a result, the service manuals have many additional errors (some of which are later fixed post-production thanks to feedback from the field technicians who must service the equipment and need a certain amount of accurate information).

6) And one or two steps behind most of the above steps are translations of the original text into other languages.  So the defects in the original information (brought on due to the company's need to protect itself from industrial espionage) are amplified through translation shifts (which are nearly impossible to avoid) and (typically) lack of technical knowledge by the writers.

Well... there's more, but the point is that there is - from the very first stage - a kind of balancing act between the company needing to protect itself from industrial espionage, but also needing to promote its products and to provide enough (but not more) information to get customers to buy the product.

Lots of background, but I think it's important, as - in reading over the XYZ product text - I can see several issues that appear to be based on the typical scenario I've described above....

LHS - Tokyo

Sunday, June 01, 2014

1990 Ikebukuro, Hamamatsucho, Nihonbashi; 1991 Chichibu, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku; 2014 Yurakucho, Ginza, Ryogoku, Etc.

Views from 1990, 1991, and 2014 in this batch of videos.  Lots that should be said, but not much time to say it in.  I suppose the videos can (mostly) speak for themselves, and hopefully the titles are good guides to what's in each one.  No Hollywood style excitement exactly, but lots to see if you pay attention to details.
1991 秩父散策散歩 Chichibu Walkabout 910505
1991 秩父駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武線 Chichibu to Hibarigaoka - Seibu Line 910505
1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 910507
1991 Ikebukuro Walkabout 池袋散策散歩 910507
1991年の池袋ゲームセンター Ikebukuro Game Arcade 910507n
1991年の自動改札口器械の中ビュー Ticket Gate Machine Internal View 910507
The first automatic ticket gates were pre-IC cards and operated by reading magnetic data on the backs of paper tickets.  The machines were very complex and tickets that had been damaged led to malfunctions (rainy days were bad, as some people would put in damp tickets, etc.).  And so it was not an uncommon sight to see them being serviced and/or opened to retrieve someone's stuck ticket, etc.

1991 池袋駅-南千住駅 山手線と常磐線 Ikebukuro to Minamisenju 910507
1991年の日暮里駅の電車 Train Watching at Nippori Station 910507
1991 南千住散策散歩 Minami-Senju Walkabout 910507
This area included a time-slip zone with dirt streets and an atmosphere that seemed to be from decades before....
1991 寄居駅-秩父駅 秩父線 Yorii to Chichibu - Chichibu Line 910505
西武新宿線上り電車の窓風景 Inbound Seibu Line Window View 140511g

新橋駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Hamamatsucho - Yamanote Line 140515g

北大塚 市電が通る Streetcar Passing in Otsuka 140511

新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 140515

神田駅-品川駅 京浜東北線 Kanda to Shinagawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 140515

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yurakucho Line 140515

御茶ノ水駅-品川駅 京浜東北線 Ochanomizu to Shinagawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 140516

神田駅-品川駅 京浜東北線 Kanda to Shinagawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 140515

東京駅八重洲口工事現場 目が回る Construction by Tokyo Station 140516

Small Park in Ginza in the Rain 銀座にある小さい公園 雨の日 140516

東京駅-元万世橋 中央線 Tokyo to Manseibashi - Chuo Line 140516

To the *former* Manseibashi Station that is - but one of the station's two platforms is still there and contains a coffee shop (by day) and izakaya (by night).  (The train doesn't stop there, but I stopped the camera where the station is, so...)

西武新宿駅ホームの様子 Platform Scene at Seibu-Shinjuku Station 140516

西武新宿駅-西武高田馬場駅 Shinjuku to Takadanobaba - Seibu Line 140516

1991 新宿散策散歩 Shinjuku Walkabout 910502
1991 新宿駅-池袋駅 埼京線 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro via Saikyo Line 910502

1991 池袋駅 JR線から西武線の乗り換え JR to Seibu Transfer at Ikebukuro 910502

1991 西武池袋線ホームからの見回り Seibu-Ikebukuro Line Platform View 910502

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka via Seibu Line 910502
1991 ひばりが丘-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro via Seibu Line 910503

1991年のとーぶカードを買う Buying a Tobu Ticket Card 910503

This type of card was short-lived.  It could only be used to buy tickets, which you could do from the same machines with cash, so there wasn't much point in buying them really, other than for their value as souvenirs and as a way to (marginally) speed up the process of buying a ticket.  It wasn't long after these came out that they came out with cards that could be used directly in the ticket gates, and then (of course), there was no point in continuing to sell these.
Actually, the best thing about this video is that I was going to press the buzzer button at a window to show how a guy would magically appear and give me change for a Y10,000 bill, but just then an older man pressed the button, and in the style of the (very) old days, asked the guy in the window how much it cost to go somewhere.  The man was basically from another era and probably from another (less automated) area of the country.  It's an excellent demonstration (via the audio track mostly) of how it used to be done.
1991 東武東上線の旅 Tobu-Tojo Line Window Views 910503
1991 Bookstore Walkabout 本屋の様子 910502

高尾駅で114型 雨の日 Series-114 Train on Siding at Takao 140430

高尾駅から114型の出発 Series-114 Train Departing Takao Station 140430

Shinkansen Coming Out of Tunnel by Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅 140502

Artist Drawing at Gallery Rondo 140502

Middle of the Night at Chuo Line Suburban Station 140503

Yurakucho Under Tracks Izakaya Tunnel 140509

金曜日の夜の有楽町SB Friday Evening at Yurakucho-SB 140509

夜遅くの有楽町駅ホーム Late Night Yurakucho Station Platform 140509

Cool Old Building - From Top to Bottom 140509
Not sure when this building was built - but it is thought to have been constructed in either the 1920's or 1930's.  Probably the 1930's, as that was when a lot of steel-reinforced concrete buildings similar in design went up.
Cool Old Building - From Bottom to Top to Bottom 140509
Examining Old Building - With Verbal Comments 140509
東京駅で電車を待っている Waiting for Train at Tokyo Station 140502

Evening Yurakucho 夕方の有楽町 140502

Yurakucho Track-side Walk 有楽町散歩 140502

Old Type Express Train Passing Suburban Chuo Line Station Etc 中央線 140503

中央線 上り電車の窓ビュー Inbound Chuo Line Window View 140505

神田駅-東京駅 中央線 Kanda to Tokyo via Chuo Line 140508

東京駅で京浜東北線を乗る Boarding Keihin-Tohoku Line at Tokyo 140508
有楽町駅-品川駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi (Keihin-Tohoku Line) 140508

大井町線の電車 大井町駅から到着と出発 Trains at Oimachi Station 140508

Passing Express Train on the Oimachi Line 東急大井町線の急行が通る 140508

Arriving at Shinagawa Station via Keihin-Tohoku Line Train 京浜東北線 140508

有楽町駅-品川駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinagawa via Yamanote Line 140508

Train Window Blur 140508

秋葉原駅に到着と新幹線 In Parallel Beside Shinkansen on Way to Akihabara 140509

Entering Ryogoku Station from North Side 両国駅に入る 140509
両国駅のホームの様子 Waiting for a Train at Ryogoku 140509

両国駅-秋葉原駅 夜の総武線 Ryogoku to Akihabara (Sobu Line) 140509

Sobu Line Platform at Akihabara 秋葉原駅の総武線ホーム 140509

Looking Around by a Busy Road 140509

秋葉原駅-神田駅 山手線 Akihabara to Kanda (Yamanote Line) 140509

大崎駅のホームエスカレーター Escalator to Platform Ride at Osaki Station 140508g

夕暮れの両国 Twilight Stroll in Ryogoku 140509g

小泉恵一と小林清美インスタレーション アートスペースロンド 140515

May 16th 2014 Art Installation at Art Space Rondo 140516

Yamanote Line Departing Osaki Station 山手線大崎駅 140522

Installation at Art Space Rondo in Ginza 140522

Blue Sky and White Clouds in Osaki 大崎空と雲とビル 140522

Old Building Details 古いビルの一部 140523

Keihin-Tohoku Train Passing Yurakucho SB Street Scene 140523
Chuo Line Central Tokyo Moat View 中央線からの堀ビュー 140522

有楽町駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Hamamatsucho - Yamanote Line 140522

Kanda Station Escalator Recordings 神田駅エスカレーター 140523

山手線 東京駅辺りの窓ビュー Yamanote Window View Near Tokyo Station 140523

有楽町駅向かいの散歩 Walking Towards Yurakucho Station 140523
有楽町 新幹線が通り過ぎ Shinkansen Passing By - Yurakucho Evening 140523

1990年の夜散歩 西新宿 歌舞伎町 大久保 高田馬場 新宿区 900621

1990 高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba-Ikebukuro 900621

1990 Hibarigaoka Saturday Afternoon ひばりが丘 900623

1990 Ikebukuro East Side Walkabout Etc 池袋東口散策散歩 900623

1990 浜松町朝散策散歩 Hamamatsucho Morning Walkabout 900625

荻野美穂子 クレパス画展示会 Art Space Rondo 奥野ビル501号室 140529

有楽町ストリート居酒屋 Yurakucho Street Izakaya 140530

Late Night Yurakucho 夜遅くの金曜日有楽町 140530

有楽町駅で夜中の金曜日山手線を待ってる Midnight Yurakucho Station 140531

神田駅を通る新幹線 Morning Shinkansen Passing Kanda Station 140529

Entering Takadanobaba Station 高田馬場駅を入る 夜 140529

Seibu-Takadanobaba Platform Walk 西武高田馬場駅ホームの様子 140529

Osaki Platform Escalator 大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター 140530

山手線窓の風景 大崎駅と品川駅の間 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140530
1990 田町駅までの散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900625

1990 夕方田町駅と山手線 Evening Tamachi Station と Yamanote Line 900625

1990 夕方東京駅 Evening Tokyo Station Walk-through 900625

1990 夕方の日本橋散策散歩 Evening Nihonbashi Walkabout 900625

1990 三越前駅-渋谷駅 半蔵門線 Mitsukoshi-mae to Shibuya - Hanzomon Line 900625

高尾駅-高尾山口駅 京王線 Takao to Takaosanguchi - Keio Line 140526

清滝駅-高尾山駅 高尾登山電鉄 Takaosan Cable Car Ride to Top 140526

清滝駅-高尾山駅 高尾登山電鉄 Takaosan Cable Car Ride to Top 140526

高尾山と雲空 Watching Clouds from Mt Takao 140526

高尾山のある冷たい五月夕暮れ Twilight Cold Mt Takao Evening 140526

清滝駅近くの滝と蛙のシンフォニー Frogs and Waterfall Near Mt Takao 140526

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao - Keio Line 140526

京王高尾駅 夜の電車が出発 Keio Takao Station Night Trains 140526

1990 夜のハチ公広場と渋谷 Hachiko Square and Nighttime Shibuya 900625

1990 渋谷駅-池袋駅 山手線 Shibuya to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 900625
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon